My ride into work today followed the new route I wanted to use, and on my return I also managed to pick up the bike trail and avoid a busy stretch of road. I think I will use this route from now on.
As I left from work I came across these two Sandhill Cranes
hanging out on the lawn of one of the businesses I was biking past. I have always found cranes to be really shy birds and was impressed they let me come as close as I did.